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and hold land. that is the measure of the estate of a particular organization. that is true for taliban as it is for any iraqi insurgency group. i think now have an internal safe haven. a lot of our folks have been on the violence. i would like to think sometimes there are areas that have no violence, that is coming up, it does not control it. i think if you look as some of the provinces, these places -- there is an absence of violence. this coming violence is absent, if you will print -- that just a minute pilot is absurd they have with a need to fund, to recruit >> you would say whether it is comparing now to six months or even year ago, he would say that launch anacity to attack, a strike on our homeland has been enhanced as opposed to degraded? >> their capacity to do so has been increased. we responded to the various attacks, more preventive measures. in some cases, going after them. with an industry that is on lockdown, on reduced manning, we're not completely blind we are very much operating in the dusk, almost by time but if we do not have a good understanding, i believe the hou
several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotion. >> thank you. >> also, much has been said about the draw down. you and some of your men will be leaving in just a few weeks. how do you feel about that? because there's been, you know, politically there's been discussions on both sides, some saying it's time for the draw down, others saying not the time for it. >> you know it's very exciting for us. it's about time about time we start looking at a draw plan and getting back to our families. we've been at it about ten years now. >> long time. >> long time. and, you know, it's about time the afghan people start taking responsibility of their country. >> it is the fourth of july, i know you guys, you're able to have some of the fourth of july barbecue lunch to
a number of problems a number of years ago, rising taliban. are we putting those remaining troops at risk? are we going to see higher casualty counts as a result? >> it's likely. the commanders still have the mission to win and they will go about that task as we speak. they're looking at all the options and there are creatives ways they can do that. but with those kind of numbers leaving, they are frankly going to ask our troops to do more with less. that will drive up casualties as a result of this. i just wonder if that was ever given a consideration when these options were being looked at and the commanders' recommendations were being ignored. >> may not send the right message to our troops, but you would like to send a special message to our troops on this fourth of july. what is that? >> thanks for that opportunity. we're the oldest democracy in the world and the rest of the world looks to us as a model for freedom and democracy. this has come at some sacrifice to us and the american people to preserve our liberties and our values. our troops out there today are doing that very thing
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